President Donald Trump just attacked sitting House Republican Mark Sanford from Air Force One while traveling back from the North Korean summit in Singapore.
He launched a vaguely hidden reference to “Argentina” referring to Sanford’s affair back from 2009 with an Argentinian woman named Maria Belen Chapur, whom he met when he was still a governor.
The Congressman faced national ridicule when he claimed he was “hiking the Appalachian Trail” but was really in Argentina cheating on his wife.
Here was the tweet:
Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!”
Why is Trump making a reference to Sanford’s marital affair when he has had several?
Within minutes of Trump’s endorsement, Katie Arrington seized on the opportunity, having one her reps send out the following robocall to voters in the area just hours before polls were set to close in Tuesday’s primary election.
A spokesman for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan came to Sanford’s defense shortly afterward, saying that he “supports Mark Sanford in the face tonight. This keeps with his policy to support all GOP incumbents running for re-election.”
Sanford is a very influential member of the House Freedom Caucus, and they’ve been known to hold up several of Trump’s primary intiatives in his first year in office.
Sanford is on the record as saying that Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum are “an experiment with stupidity.” He’s also claimed Trump has don a ton of “weird stuff” as president.